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Female creators in the international animation film industry meet in Bucharest, for the 16th edition of Animest

Celebrated during the 16th edition of Animest, the female-identifying artists who have taken the world of animation by storm are getting ready to meet their Romanian fans during our festival, the biggest local event dedicated to this genre. Until October 17, film lovers will go behind the scenes of the productions that have charmed viewers worldwide over the past few years, and get to meet some of the most influential voices in the industry. Animest will moderate these riveting events daily, from 1 and 3 PM, at Refugiu Urban, and you will be able to watch the talks and masterclasses live on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 13

Agnès Patron won the 2020 Animest Trophy with her film And Then the Bear (L'Heure de l’Ours), which also got the César Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2021. She directed two painted animation short films, Waltz of the Hanged (La Valse du Pendu) and La Veuve Caillou – the latter making the official selections at the Clermont-Ferrand, Dresden, Stuttgart, Animafest and Annecy festivals – and worked on the animated teaser for The Crossing (La Traversée), a feature film by Florence Miailhe that got a Special Mention this year at Annecy. The Crossing will be screened on Thursday at 9.00 PM, at Cinema Elvire Popesco. Also part of the jury that will decide on the grand winner of the Animest Trophy this year, Agnès Patron will offer a masterclass to Romanian audiences on Wednesday, October 13, starting at 1 PM, live on the festival’s Facebook page. 

Then, at 3 PM, our Facebook livestream will regale animation lovers with a discussion with another member of the jury. Slovenian director and producer Špela Čadež, whose films have amassed over 100 awards worldwide, is especially interested in traditional manual animation. On Wednesday, she will share insights into her career and film-making vision. 

Thursday, October 14 

Part of this year’s jury for Best International Feature Film and Best Romanian Short Film, Mélody Boulissière is among the most influential voices in the animation industry in France. Her graduation film, Somewhere (paint-on-glass animation), inspired by her own travels, was presented in the Cinéfondation section at Cannes in 2016. She is one of the creators of Patouille and the Parachute Seeds, a kids’ show about plants on France Télévisions. Her masterclass, ‘From flowers to war and back’, will be streamed live on Thursday at 1 PM. 

At 3 PM, animation fans will be able to tune in to our Facebook chat with Aneta Ozorek, member of the Best International Short Film and Best Student Film jury and Artistic Director of this edition’s guest animation festival. Kaboom Animation Festival (Amsterdam, Utrecht), held every March, is a unique opportunity to explore the best and latest in animation, from cutting edge art experiments to colorful, light narratives. ‘Animated Guide to Female Pleasure’, the selection curated by Kaboom and presented by Animest exclusively to adults, will be screened at Cinema Elvire Popesco on Saturday, October 16, at 9.30 PM. A special treat: Vienna-based Tricky Women Festival Director Waltraud Grausgruber, who curated the Queens of animation 1 and 2 programs (Cervantes Institute, October 13 and 14, 6 PM), will join our discussion on the topic “Women Love Animation. Does Animation Love Women?”. 

Friday, October 15 

Our guest animation studio this year is Fool Moon, a Slovakian production company specialized in animated audio-visual projects. Founded in 2009 by animation film director and producer Katarína Kerekesová, for the past years has Fool Moon worked on multiple coproductions with Radio and Television Slovakia, such as the hit animated show The Websters, shown at Animest on Saturday, October 16, at 10 AM, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, in the Minimest section. Producer Ester Kerekesova will bring us behind the scenes at the Fool Moon studio through a detailed session on Friday, October 15, streamed on Facebook at 1 PM. 

At 3 PM, we’re following up with a conversation on female animation in Slovakia, with much-awarded directors Maria Olhova and Lea Pagáčová, winners of the Animest Trophy in 2020 and 2013, respectively. A selection of their short films will be screened at the Cervantes Institute on Wednesday, October 13, at 8 PM. 

Saturday, October 16

We’ve got many special surprises for you this edition, and one of them is our guest Izabella Plucinska, winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, in 2005, with her film Jam Session. Part of the jury for Best International Feature Film and Best Romanian Short Film at Animest 2021, the artist will offer a clay animation masterclass on Saturday at 1 PM, via Facebook stream. Later that day, at 8 PM, you can also catch her in person at the Cervantes Institute, for the screening of her latest films. 

Perhaps the most hyped Animest.16 streamed masterclass is Joanna Quinn’s. The artist was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, received several Emmy and BAFTA awards, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, serving on the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Executive Committee. On Saturday, October 16, join our Facebook stream at 3 PM to meet her. Her first film, Girl’s Night Out (1986), won three prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival in 1987 and thrust her into the international animation scene. Watch it at the Cervantes Institute on Friday at 6 PM.

The 16th edition of the Animest International Animation Film Festival takes place during October 8-17, with enhanced safety measures in place and in line with all of the current health requirements. In the cinema, everyone must wear a mask over their mouth and nose at all times, and access is permitted only to those who have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 at least 10 days prior. Everyone over 12 years old must present their Green Certificate to be admitted into the cinema. 


The 16th edition of Animest is a project co-funded by the Bucharest Municipality through ARCUB, as part of the Bucharest – Open City 2021 Program. For detailed information on the Municipality funding program through ARCUB, please access The above material does not necessarily represent the official position of the Bucharest Municipality or of ARCUB.

The event is co-funded by the Romanian Film Centre, with support from Dacin Sara.

Institutional partners: The French Institute, The Hungarian Cultural Institute in Bucharest, The Cervantes Institute, The Wallonia-Brussels General Delegation to the European Union, The Polish Institute, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The Goethe Institute, The National University of Theatre and Film I.L. Caragiale’s Research, Development and Innovation Department, CINETic.

Media partners: Radio Guerrilla, Radio România Cultural, Agerpres, Itsy Bitsy, IQads, SMARK, Films in Fame, Observator Cultural, Film Menu,,, AIVI, Munteanu.

Monitoring partner: MediaTrust.

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